Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ten Thoughts Tuesday 8

TTTThis blog challenge enters it’s eighth week! Another Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. This is going to be a random post as it’s almost midnight!

2. Parenting has changed my conversation.

3. Instead of discussing Italy’s political stalemate, this evening I found myself having an in-depth discussion on society’s messages to our children.

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Exercise Report Card 8: ‘Feeling Fat’

It’s been a busy busy week. Days have been chock-full of appointments, meetings, classes. But there’s no getting away from it – now, when I don’t exercise, I ‘feel fat’. Or maybe ‘bloated’ is a more accurate term (since not exercising for one or two days is hardly going to magically make me fat). Or ‘sluggish’. Or…whatever it is, it sucks.

Monday: no exercise.

Tuesday: 40 minutes Pilates.

Wednesday: no exercise. The ‘fat feeling’ really begins to hit.

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Boys, Body Image and Sexualization

Recently, the subject of raising boys has come to the forefront of my mind. After all, now I have BabyBoy to bring up.

However, with no brothers and relatively few younger male cousins, I am painfully aware that my experience of raising boys has been limited.

So now I’m learning…and the interesting extracts below from Shaping Youth indicate that while objectification of women has been around for what seems like forever, it is now causing more of an issue for men too.

Increasingly, boys’ body image has gotten hammered by PhotoShop assists, iconic “Taylor Lautner abs” and muscular physiques resembling The Incredible Hulk more than healthy fitness, so it’s no surprise that teen boys are joining girls in socioemotional sidewinders impacting their health at ever-earlier ages in adolescence…

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 7

TTTThis blog challenge keeps on going! Another Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. Oops, almost forgot to write this this week!

2. BabyBoy and BabyGirl seem to be getting one bug after another.

3. I’m hoping it’ll build up their immunity…

4. BabyBoy is going through a super-cute phase of launching himself on me for hugs – love it!

5. ‘Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be’ is such an awesome quote that I’m thinking of having it framed and put up in the nursery.

6. But I’ll delete the word ‘daughter’ so that it can be relevant to BabyBoy as well as BabyGirl.

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Exercise Report Card 7: Guilt Trip and Secrets

This week I have been very aware that taking care of myself takes up time, and this makes me feel guilty. Rationally I know that I need to take care of myself. But without an acute medical reason to exercise / eat well / rest, my emotions tell me that I have no excuse to ‘waste’ time on myself.

Ah, the joy of mummy guilt.

Anyway, here’s this week’s progress:

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Raising sons as daughters?

There’s a lot written about raising strong, independent, educated girls. However, now I have both BabyBoy and BabyGirl. And the article extracted below raises an interesting question – we spend a lot of time raising our daughters to be more ‘like men’, but are there attributes of raising daughters that we are neglecting to pass on to our sons?

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